Cosmetology School Hours
by State



These are the latest Cosmetology School Hours required by state for licensing.  If you want more information on specifics of licensing requirements just Google "cosmetology school hours" and the state.

And if you are interested in Barber requirements and find no information here it is probably because some states have a different board for barbers.  Some states have cosmetology and barbering covered under the State Board for Cosmetology and the other states have separate boards. 

Getting Your License After Cosmetology School

Keep in mind that getting your cosmetology school hours is the big commitment but you will still need to pass your State Board Exam to get your license to become employed as a stylist, nail tech or esthetician.  You can only register for your exam date after you complete your required hours and graduate cosmetology school.


 ALABAMA

Cosmetologist 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Nail Technician 750 hours or 1200 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours 

ALASKA 

Cosmetologist 1650 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

Barber 1650 hours

Nail Tech 120 hours

Esthetician 350 hours 

ARIZONA 

Cosmetologist 1600 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 600 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 500 hours 

ARKANSAS 

Cosmetology School 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 600 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 or cosmetologist license + 350 hours 

CALIFORNIA

Cosmetologist 1600 hours or 3200 apprenticeship hours

Barber 1500 hours or 3200 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 400 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 hours or 3200 apprenticeship hours 

COLORADO

Cosmetologist 1800 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Hairstylist only 1200 hours

Nail Tech 600 hours

Esthetician 600 hours  

Connecticut 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Electrologist 600 hours

DELAWARE 

Cosmetology School 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Barber 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 300 hours or 600 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 600 hours or 1200 apprenticeship hours 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 hours

FLORIDA 

Cosmetologist 1200 hours

Barber 1200 hours

Hair Braider 16 hour course

Nail Tech 240 hours

Esthetician 260 hours

GEORGIA 

Cosmetology School 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Hair design 1325 hours

Barber 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 525 hours or 2050 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 1000 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours 

HAWAII 

Cosmetologist 1800 hours or 3600 apprenticeship hours

Barber 1500 hours or 1500 apprenticeship hours

Hairstylist 1250 hours or 2500 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 350 hours or 700 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 600 hours or 1200 apprenticeship hours

Electrologist 600 hours or 800 apprenticeship hours

IDAHO 

Cosmetologist 2000 hours or 4000 apprenticeship hours

Hairstylist 900 hours

Barber Stylist 1800 hours

Barber 900 hours

Nail Tech 400 hours or 800 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 600 hour or 1200 apprenticeship hours

Electrologist 800 hours 

ILLINOIS 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 750 hours

Electrologist 600 hours 

INDIANA 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 450 hours

Esthetician 700 hours

Electrologist 300 hours 

IOWA 

Cosmetologist 2100 hours

Nail Tech 325 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 400 hours

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KANSAS 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 1000 hours

Electrologist 500 hours or 1000 apprenticeship hours 

KENTUCKY 

Cosmetology School 1800 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 600 hours

Esthetician 1000 hours 

LOUISIANA 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 500 hours

Esthetician 750 hours

MAINE 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours or 2500 apprenticeship hours

Barber 1500 hours or 2500 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 600 or 1000 apprenticeship hours 

 MARYLAND

Cosmetologist 1500 hours or 24 months apprenticeship

Barber 1200 hours or 2250 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 250 hours or 8 months apprenticeship

Esthetician 600 hours or 12 months apprenticeship

Electrologist 600 hours 

MASSACHUSETTS 

Cosmetologist 1000 hours

Nail Tech 100 hours

Esthetician 300 hours

Electrologist 1100 hours 

MICHIGAN 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours or 2 years apprenticeship

Barber 2000 hours

Nail Tech 400 hours or 6 months apprenticeship

Esthetician 400 hours or 6 months apprenticeship

Electrologist 400 hours or 6 months apprenticeship 

MINNESOTA 

Cosmetologist 1550 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

MISSISSIPPI 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 600 hours 

MISOURI 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1000 hours

 Nail Tech 400 hours

Esthetician 750 hours 

MONTANA 

Cosmetology School 2000 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 650 hours

Electrologist 600 hours

NEBRASKA 

Cosmetologist 2100 hours

Nail Tech 300 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 hours 

NEVADA 

Cosmetologist 1800 hours

Hair Designer 1200 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 600 hours

Esthetician 900 hours

Electrologist 1000 hours or 500 apprenticeship hours 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Barber 800 hours or 1600 apprenticeship hours

Master Barber 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 300 hours or 600 apprenticeship hours 

NEW JERSEY 

Cosmetologist 1200 hours

Hairstylist 1200 hours

Barber 900 hours

Nail Tech 300 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 hours

NEW MEXICO 

Cosmetologist 1600 hours

Barber 1200 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 hours 

NEW YORK

Cosmetologist 1000 hours

Barber 2 year apprenticeship

Natural Hairstylist 300 hours

Nail Tech 250 hours

Esthetician 600 hours 

NORTH CAROLINA 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1528 hours

Nail Tech 300 hours

Esthetician 600 hours 

NORTH DAKOTA 

Cosmetologist 1800 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 hours

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OHIO 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1800 hours

Hairstylist 1200 hours

Nail Tech 200 hours

Esthetician 750 hours

OKLAHOMA 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Nail Tech 600 hours

Esthetician 600 hours 

OREGON 

Cosmetologist 2300 hours

Hairstylist 1450 hours

Barber 1100 hours

Nail Tech 350 hours

Esthetician 250 hours 

PENNSYLVANIA 

Cosmetologist 1250 hours

Barber 1250 hours

Nail Tech 200 hours

Esthetician300 hours

RHODE ISLAND 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours or 2 years apprenticeship

Nail Tech 300 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 650 hours 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours or 12 month apprenticeship

Nail Tech 300 hours

Esthetician 450 hours 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

Cosmetologist 2100 hours

Nail Tech 400 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

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TENNESSEE

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Natural Hairstylist 300 hours

Master Barber 1500 hours

Barber Tech 340 hours

Nail Tech 600 hours

Esthetician 750 hours

Electrologist 600 hours  

TEXAS

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1500 hours

Nail Tech 600 hours

Esthetician 750 hours 

UTAH 

Cosmetologist 2000 hours

Barber 1000 hours or 1250 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 300 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 hours

VERMONT 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours

Barber 1000 hours

Nail Tech 400 hours or 900 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 600 hours

Electrologist 600 hours 

VIRGINIA 

Cosmetologist 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Barber 1500 hours or 3000 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 150 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 600 hours 

WASHINGTON 

Cosmetologist 1600 hours or 2000 apprenticeship hours

Barber 1000 or 1200 apprenticeship hours

Nail Tech 600 hours or 800 apprenticeship hours

Eshthetician 600 hours or 800 apprenticeship hours

WEST VIRGINIA 

Cosmetologist 1800 hours

Barber 1800 hours

Nail Tech 400 hours

Esthetician 600 hours 

WISCONSIN 

Cosmetologist 1800 hours or 4000 apprenticeship hours

Barber 1800 hours

Nail Tech 300 hours or 300 apprenticeship hours

Esthetician 450 hours

Electrologist 450 hours 

WYOMING 

Cosmetologist 2000 hours

Hairstylist 1200 hours

Nail Tech 400 hours

Esthetician 600 hours

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